E. deFrees Consulting provides policy, communications and organizational management services for mission-based organizations, foundations and coalitions. In operation since 2001, Evelyn’s practice also includes interim leadership, legislative advocacy, strategic planning, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) workshops and facilitation. Evelyn deFrees was Director of External Affairs at the Maine Department of Labor in the Mills Administration during 2019 and 2020 where she developed and directed legislative and communications programs, supervised staff and represented the Department in cross-agency initiatives including the Maine Climate Council. From 2009-2011, Evelyn was Communications Director of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Evelyn was Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine—a statewide environmental advocacy organization—from 1991 to 2001. For five years, Evelyn was Subsidiary Rights Manager at Penguin Books USA in New York City. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. Evelyn grew up in western Maine and now lives with her family in the mid-coast town of Searsmont.